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city of Minori

Minori is a town and a comune in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of southwestern Italy, situated on the Amalfi Coast.

It is the site of the well-preserved ruins of a Roman villa, which are open for public viewing. The origin of the name, Minori (meaning small), comes from its association in the past with the river that courses through it, La Rheggina. The ancient Latin name for the town was, Rheggina Minor. This name coincided with the ancient name of the neighboring village, Maiori (meaning large), then known as Rheggina Maior, because of the same association. In time, the names of both of the towns have become abbreviated. Rheggina Minor now is known simply as, Minori. Chef Gennaro Contaldo was born in Minori .

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Main sights:

*Basilica di Santa Trofimena - Saint Trofimena was a young Sicilian martyr. She is known by several names, and possibly may be related to a myth about the siren Parthenope. Legend says that her body was placed in an urn and thrown into the sea. The urn was carried by currents until it washed onto the beach at Minori. The people who found it used a team of small white heifers to carry it to the location where locals built temple to honour the martyr.

*Roman Maritime Archeological Villa - It was most probably built in the first century BC at sea level. One of the best preserved elements of the villa is the large hall with tunnel vaults, stucco, and the remains of frescos.

*Saint Nicola Convent - The church most probably dates back to the end of the eleventh century or the beginning of the twelfth century.

 

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Villa romana of Minori

The Villa Romana or Roman Villa is an archaeological ruin from the 1st century in the Italian village of Minori, in Campania.

The Roman villa of Minori stood in a bay of the Amalfi Coast, at the point where the river, Regina Minor, empties into the sea.

This stretch of coastline, full of coves and natural harbors, was a favorite place where the imperial Roman aristocracy built their residences, as evidenced by the findings of Vietri sul Mare, Amalfi, Positano, and Li Galli.

The first information on a building dating from Roman times in Minori dates from "Documents and Proceedings of the Archaeological Commission of the Hither Province Principality" (1873–74), where L. Stabiano wrote about the discovery of "Roman Baths".

In 1932 a collapse occurred during the renovation of some local homes and led to the discovery of an underground chamber, belonging to the Roman villa.

The actual excavations began in 1934, but some areas came to light only in the 1950s, particularly after 1954, when a flood disrupted the Amalfi Coast

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